Odd & curious

The Antikythera mechanism


In 1900, sponge divers exploring a Roman era shipwreck off the Greek island of Antikythera retrieved a lump of corroded bronze. Little did they know they had found the oldest known analog computer in the world.

Two years on, Valerios Stais, a Greek archaeologist meticulously studying the shipwreck’s treasures, noticed the curious object was embedded with a geared wheel, while its surface was inscribed in Greek, thus identifying it with a never-seen-before mechanical device.

More than a century later, and using the latest cutting-edge technology available, we now know that the device was once used to track the stars and planets in a way not known before.

Known as “The Antikythera Mechanism”, the device, made somewhere in Asia Minor or Rhodes around 120 BC, reflects the scientific genius of Archimedes, Hipparchus and Posidonius. It consisted of indicators, scales and at least thirty-five gear wheels moved by a handle.

Through a number of circles and their combinations the device was able to track the Egyptian and the Greek zodiac calendars, the sun, and the moon with its exact position and phases, the solar and the lunar calendar, as well as different ways of calculating time defined by various ancient Greek astronomers. The user was able to coordinate different time measuring systems simply by rotating the handle.

Practical use of the device enabled access to astronomical information (e.g. position and phase of the moon, matching of solar-lunar calendar, etc.), and calendar events such as important athletic games of antiquity (Olympia, Pythia, Isthmia, Nemea and Naia).

At the same time it allowed access to complex information set within time, such as the exact moment of a lunar eclipse or the beginning of the Games in the future or the past.

Now you can decorate your space with a piece of ancient Greek technology and go back in time by capturing time.

The Antikythera Mechanism replica by the Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is based on research by the International Study Team of the Antikythera Mechanism.

An ideal present for the home or office and an excellent corporate gift for colleagues that matter.

Limited quantity available.

Supplied with full instructions.

In stock
Product Code: 012-KD1Y
Material
Metal, wood
Dimensions
17,5x12x34 cm
€550.00